Position title: Ph.D. Candidate (2016-present)
Background & Research Interests: Kelsey is a Michigander with a BS degree from Northern Michigan Univ in the Upper Peninsula. She escaped the cold winters by conducting fieldwork in the high Andes of Ecuador (she is fluent in Spanish), and fell in love with the diversity of pleurothallid orchids native to that part of the world.
Dissertation: “Gene flow, population genetics, and evolution of Ecuadorian Teagueia (Orchidaceae) species ”. Currently in development.